Welcome to General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

A leading university with a global approach, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is the only university offering graduate courses in defence studies in the South Asian region. Being a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom), we maintain world class standards for educating and grooming Officer Cadets to successfully meet the challenges of modern defence management and are proud to contribute to the making of outstanding Army, Navy and Air Force officers dedicated ‘for the motherland forever’.

 Founded in 1981 as a Defence Academy, KDU was elevated to the level of a university in 1988 with the distinctive mission of ensuring a superior quality learner-centered education through academic and professional programmes combined with practical research across many disciplines in the field of defence for its students.

The university has opened its doors to civil students who wish to continue their higher studies in the fields of Engineering, Law, Management, Social Sciences and IT. KDU currently offers degree courses at both undergraduate and post graduate levels to an eclectic blend of Officer Cadets, Officers and civilians.

Based in Rathmalana, a city 12 km from the capital of Sri Lanka, KDU is spread across a land extent of 48 acres, which is of breathtaking beauty enriched by a spectacular lake. Its natural environs and a range of unique and rare species of flora are carefully maintained to preserve the antiquity of the premises in its pristine past.

Words from Vice Chancellor

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General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) is one of the prestigious military universities in the South Asian region. Its aim is to groom young officer cadets to be intellectually, physically and mentally capable of taking up future challenges in the field of defence, so as to best serve the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, and Air Force.


Ceremonial Opening of KDU Tennis Court

The ceremonial opening of KDU Tennis Court took place on 11 February 2016 and the Vice Chancellor Major General.....

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The Inauguration Ceremony of Master’s Degree Programmes -2016 and Opening Ceremony of KDU Elevator Laboratory

The inauguration ceremony of Master’s degree programmes -2016 in General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was.....

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Army Inter Regiment Indoor Rowing Championship - 2015

4th Army Inter Regiment indoor rowing championship successfully concluded on 30 January 2016 after three consecutive.....

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“Bliss Beyond Bars” - Community Service Project Conducted by the Rotaract Club of KDU Hand in Hand With the Rotaract Club of American National College

If seeing was believing, having to believe that the world is a small square surrounded by a huge wall ever since you.....

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KDU Rotaract Seizes RCL Title Again

By Rtr. Thamalee Wijekoon The Rotaract Club of KDU celebrated its second consecutive championship at the second.....

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Prof Atta-ur-Rahman’s Guest Lecture at KDU

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman’s guest lecture, themed “The Exciting Horizons of Science”, was held on 13th January 2016 at the.....

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Opening of Student Accommodation Complex and University Hospital Accommodation Facility Complex for Patients’ Visitors of KDU

New student accommodation complex and University Hospital Accommodation Facility Complex for Patients’ Visitors of.....

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Book Donation and Library Development Programme

The library of Kandavala Navodya Maha Vidyalaya was renovated by the library network of General Sir John Kotelawala.....

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KDU Colours Nite – 2015

Colours Nite – 2015 was held on 7 December 2015 at KDU. 206 undergraduates, who excel in sports, were received.....

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Visit of Former Commandant Brigadier YRMP Wijekoon VSV

Former Commandant Brigadier YRMP Wijekoon VSV who served as a Commandant of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence.....

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Ceremonial Opening of KDU Press

The ceremonial opening of KDU Press took place on 18th November 2015. The Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda.....

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KDU Ties With VNDA

A two member delegation from KDU visited Viet Nam from 20th -25th November 2015. The purpose of this visit was to.....

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KDU Staff Receive President's Award

President’s awards for Scientific Publications in High impact Journals at a grand ceremony to be held on 18th.....

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Certificate Award Ceremony - Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

A three day Advanced Seminar on International Humanitarian Law for the members of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka was.....

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Kotelawala Defence University Hockey team exhibited brilliant performances at the 21st annual Seethadevi Hockey.....

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